Pakistan On Horns Of A US Or China Dilemma

The Biden administration is looking to end America’s “endless war” in Afghanistan while shifting its attention to containing China, a geopolitical shift that will put Pakistan on the horns of a strategic dilemma. The extent to which China is on Biden’s geo-strategic radar was apparent in the recent first-ever Quad summit-level meeting, which sought to […]

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Headwinds From The US

The end of the Cold War had already reduced Pakistan’s importance in America’s strategic calculations. On top of that, there is now growing strategic divergence between Pakistan and the US because of the development of the Indo-US partnership as an essential element of the US policy of containment of China, on the one hand, and […]

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Counting The Costs Of Pakistan’s Terror Financing

Pakistan’s failure to tackle terror financing and money laundering has cost the nation an estimated US$38 billion since 2008, new independent research reveals. The losses have mounted while the country was on an international finance watchdog’s “grey” list. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) sets standards and promotes legal, regulatory and operational measures to fight […]

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The Choice Is India’s

There’s a reason: for all the braggadocio, India is stuck in Occupied Kashmir. It had estimated that it could control the situation after its illegal annexation but that hasn’t happened. The use of force has only served to further alienate people. Even politicians that have played ball with New Delhi for more than seven decades […]

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The Gateway To The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Closing

While Gilgit is geographically essential to CPEC’s success and Pakistani authorities pledged development along the highway, none materialized. Nor did promised opportunities in terms of education, employment and welfare materialize. Instead, Pakistan’s major political parties have siphoned off most of the cash and the associated projects to their own political strongholds in Punjab, Sindh, and […]

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China’s Pakistan Investments A Double-Edged Sword

As rising Chinese investment promises to boost Pakistan’s ailing economy in an hour of need, there are concurrent nationalistic concerns expressed by local businesses and groups that Chinese investors are cornering key local industries, state assets and businesses to the detriment of Pakistani players and interests. Read Here | Asia Times

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Will Pakistan’s Military Lose Its Grip On Power?

Many Pakistanis see the army as the real power behind Khan and the cause of the country’s political and economic woes. Their anger has occasioned a remarkable shift as major political figures speak out for the first time against the military’s dominance of Pakistan—a shift that could eventually threaten the military’s chokehold on political power. […]

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